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We can not assign existence to God in the same sense as we do it in the case of the ordinary objects of the world. This is the idea behind the commonplace 46 The Concept of God in The Philosophy of Kant statement that existence is not a predicate and that existence cannot be equated with the object. Existence is not the same as the content or the meaning of a thing. On all these grounds it is clear, we cannot say that God exists. Now Kant criticizes the traditional arguments adduced in favour of the existence of God.

To say that the world is unlimited in space is to mean that it is one integrated whole. If at all it can be conceived, it can be conceived only as a whole and not as composed of parts. But suppose that it is composed of parts which exist simultaneously. To say that parts exist simultaneously amounts to saying that it is a successive synthesis of parts. But these parts are infinite in number, If they are infinite in number, they will require infinite time for being added one to another. The universe will be the result of the addition together of the infinite number of parts in infinite time.

This is through its capacity for discovering the Laws of Nature that govern the behavior of objects in Nature. Hence the scientist has to proceed with the assumption of the validity of causality. Therefore, from the point of view of relation we may believe that all things are related by this unalterable Law of causation. There is what we call rigorous determinism reigning supreme in Nature. There is nothing in the world which could have been otherwise than what it is found to be. Spinoza was as advocate of the theory of rigorous and inexorable determinism.

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